World Ways Webquest

An Internet Webquest on World Cultures in Crisis

  • If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. --Margaret Fuller
  • For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required. --Luke 12:48


: Through our studies in class, you are becoming part of the informed few who know about the international atrocities that have recently or are currently affecting people in profound ways around the world. Our goal is to get more people concerned about the world events that force people to leave their homelands and to create greater sensitivity towards refugees in our own community.

1.Learn about these places ourselves.
2.See how others have responded to various world crisis to get ideas about how we will shape our resoponse.
3.Collect and document material we want to use.
4.Build our wiki.

Objectives of the wiki:
1.Enhance understanding of struggles refugees face in leaving and in resettling.
2.Offer a public resource for refugees to be heard.

People who work with refugees, students like you, people who know little about international histories and political systems, and refugees.

You need to do research on the area listed in WIKI CONTENT.

Wiki Content

1.Maps, geographical and ethnic statistical information of the group’s homeland
2.Brief political history of the nation
3.Life before refugee crisis: include occupations, daily life, life for children, standard of living, religious expression, role of women
4.Traditions and culture: include food, music, dress, dance, etc.
5.What caused the refugee crisis
6.Stories about and from refugees about their refugee experience
7.Stories of getting used to life in the United States, hardships and success stories
8.Stories from people who work with displaced persons/refugees
9.Pictures, audio or video that tell part of the story
10. Links to resources /websites pertaining to cultural awareness, stories, facts
About your country and the people.


Create a country specific copy of the following and fill it out.
(note: your team should create a notebook page within your country page. Link to a wiki page and title the page you link to with country name-notebook. Like this: Haiti-Notebook)

Task 1:

Assemble your group according to Giraud’s guidelines.
List the members of your team here.


Task 2:

Get your assigned country from Giraud.
Write the name in the space provided.

Country: _

Task 3:

Take a closer look at the “Wiki Content” list.
Decide how you will formally divide responsibilities amongst the group. Note: you are simply the "point person" for that task. Others can contribute. You are just in charge.

Name Task


Task 4:

Besides the websites provided, work with your group to brainstorm other places you might find information. Does anyone in your group have any special connections, for example? Discuss plans for gathering that information or those resources with your team. Post your connections on the "class connections" page so other groups might benefit from your help as well as your own group. Talk to your parents, friends, relatives, neighbors. Let's rally to find primary, original sources to build an awesome wiki.

Task 5:

Begin your research with these resources. As you continue on your quest and find other good links that you think other country teams may find useful, post the site’s name , URL, and short note about why it may be valuable on our wiki. See the page called Links. Put links to generally useful sites in Resources on Main Page. Put links specific to your country situation on a links page accessed through your country pages. Verify the credibility before citing any of the information in your wiki
Begin search for information!

Task 6:

Build your wiki page
First Draft Check Ins and Peer Reviews: May 4
Final Drafts: May 10


Here is Version 1 of the Rubric. I welcome your suggestions to make it inclusive and specific.
To be added in Version 2, a page on resources used. You are responsible for citing sources on each page you create.



Log-in Name: pioneer
Password: cake


Great Resource for facts and general information, and an extensive database on countries and their cultures. Includes, recipes, customs, history, statistics and much more.


To access EBSCO databases, log into Pioneer. Click on Ebsco. Click on all databases. Check the boxes to search all databases at the same time or click on the title to search one at a time.

MAS Ultra (Ebsco)
Provides full-text for more than 550 popular general interest and current events publications, reference, bios, primary sources, photos, images, maps and flags.
MasterFILE Premier (Ebsco)
Includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 235,186 photos, maps and flags.

Military & Government (Ebsco)
Contains current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

Newspaper Source (Ebsco)
Includes selected full-text, national (U.S.) and International newspapers, T.V. and radio news transcripts.**

Search New York Times current and archival issues.

Username: rhsmlibrary
Password: library

World’s largest online library of books, journals & articles.

User ID: rhsmlastname
Password: lastnamerhsm


U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Protecting Refugees, serving immigrants, upholding feedom since 1911

Beyond the Fire
Teen experiences of the war

Refugee Stories – Published Communities History Project
Listen to people’s experiences

Human Rights Organization
Links to information and other resources for refugees

Invisible Children
Movies, stories, and educational materials to inform others of war-affected children.

Women’s Commission for Refugee women and children
Working ot Improvie the lives and protect the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth.

Refugees International – A powerful voice for lifesaving action
Refugees International articles.

U.S. Department of State
A government site filled with information about Refugees such as, statistics, migration, population, etc.

Amnesty International
An organization working to protect human rights worldwide.

The UN Refugee Agency
Produced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1950’s to protect refugees and resolve worldwide problems dealing with refugees.

ART – Art for Refubees in Transition
Assist refugees in rebuilding individuality and community through resources , training and activities.

IRC – International Rescue Committee.
Leader in humanitarian relief

IRC in Salt lake City
A local office of the IRC helping to ease the lives of Refugees.

Giving a voice to children affected by war. Drawings, Stories and Music.



Ryan Hoglund , RHMS Ethics, World History, Debate teacher
Margot Miller: 7th grade World Studies teacher


Liz Paige: Director of Service Learning
Hannah Saltzman: Junior organizer of Save Darfur Rally
Need email address


Kristin Willmore: our librarian
Ben Smith: Computer Science teacher

Refugee Service Providers

Katharina Trede: Sophie Trede’s mom. She’s the Director of Refugee Services at
Valley Mental Health
Need email address
Patrick Poulin: International Rescue Committee
Elissa McConkie: International Rescue Committee

Also see the "Class Connections" page.
Be sure to keep track of what information comes from which resource as you are required to cite your sources.